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The Rise of the Russian Novel
Carnival, Stylization, and Mockery of the West
"This colorful study ... makes an excellent case for the artistic value of a pioneering set of novels whose significance outweighs their small number."—TLS
"A timely and useful book.... A welcome addition to every Slavicist's library."—Slavic Review
"A pioneering work."—Russian Review
Overturning the standard view of early Russian prose fiction as a pale imitation of European models, Gasperetti locates the origins of the Russian novel in indigenous writing. He shows how Russian writers used elements of a native-inspired subculture—folklore, pulp fiction, and the entertainment of carnival—to subvert the conventions of foreign literature, thus establishing an independent course for prose fiction in Russia.
(1998) 270 pp.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Literary-Historical Importance of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Novel
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